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Senior Employee Relations Specialist

Apply now Job no: 494150
Categories: Staff
Department: Human Resources

Join us as we support  a great community of employees who are working together to develop our students for lives of leadership and service. The Senior Employee Relations Specialist at Davidson College reports to the Director of HR and manages employee relations and facilitates leadership training. Specific responsibilities include helping managers expand their leadership skills, managing employee relations, welcoming new employees through New Employee Orientation, helping support diversity initiatives, running the staff performance management system, participating in campus committees and projects, and serving on the Bias Response Team.

This is a full-time position with full college benefits, including domestic partner benefits, affordable and comprehensive health, dental, and vision coverage, four weeks of paid vacation, college-paid short-term disability and long-term disability benefits, college-paid life insurance,  staff tuition reimbursement, and 9-1/2% contribution to retirement savings. (See our website for more details).


Bachelor's degree, preferably in Business, HR, or Organizational Psychology; and a minimum of 4 years of experience in human resources, with at least two years of experience investigating employee complaints and managing employee relations issues.

Any of the following are helpful: Masters in business, HR, or organizational psychology; JD; supervisory experience; PHR or SPHR certification; fluency in a language other than English; and/or experience in HR in a higher education setting.

Other Knowledge, Skills and Training:

• Positive attitude, strong sense of humor, and commitment to working successfully as part of a hard-working and cohesive team in support of a community of dedicated employees
• Highest degree of integrity and ability to honor confidentiality. Ability to create an appropriate environment for employees to communicate concerns freely
• Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
• Proven ability to successfully train and coach leaders and managers; strong desire to help both managers and employees to improve their performance
• Excellent interpersonal skills and outstanding presentation, verbal, and written communication skills
• Demonstrated understanding of employment law and HR compliance requirements
• Strong organizational and process management skills and understanding of supervisory principles and practices
• Ability to apply knowledge of employment laws and management principles and business practices effectively to employee relations issues
• Negotiation and counseling skills
• Strong technology skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications and ability to learn new computer programs readily. Knowledge of Banner HR a plus

New employees with a start date on or later than March 1, 2022 must be fully vaccinated when they first report to work at Davidson College. Please see the full new hire vaccination policy here.  

Apply online at Please attach a resume and cover letter to your application.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled.

At Davidson College, we believe the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community. In order to achieve and sustain educational excellence, we seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, cultures, and national origins.

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